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The U.S. Census Bureau has released its official 2020 state population counts—a labor-intensive exercise it goes through every 10 years. This data will be used in Congressional redistricting efforts this fall, but for now we can see which states are net gainers of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and which states have lost seats.

2020 Reapportionment Results

The biggest gain was in Texas, which will receive two extra seats, giving it 38 in total for the next election. Colorado (now 8), Florida (28), Montana (2), North Carolina (14) and Oregon (6) each gained a seat.  Losing seats are California (52), Illinois (17), Michigan (13), Ohio (15), West Virginia (2), Pennsylvania (17) and New York (26). In some cases, there is a trend; after the 2000 census, New York and Pennsylvania each lost two seats, and each lost another one after the 2010 population tally. Over the last 20 years, so-called “frost belt” states like Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio have lost seats, while Florida and Texas have seen the biggest gains.

In the latest census, Alabama, Rhode Island and Minnesota very narrowly averted a loss, while New York lost its seat by a total of 89 census forms not filled out.

Based on these changes, one might assume that there is an exodus from the states losing Congressional seats. In fact, New York and California increased their resident populations by 6.1% and 4.2% respectively. But Texas and Florida grew more rapidly, by 16% and 14.6% since the 2010 census count. If you’re curious which states are gaining and losing population, you can go here and see different colored dots on each state. The size of the dot indicates the total size of the state’s population, and the color shows whether it is growing or shrinking: green (Texas, Florida, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, Georgia and South Carolina) indicates rapid growth, pale orange indicates slower growth, and purple (Mississippi, Kansas, Illinois, West Virginia and Michigan) shows which states are losing population.